Construction Worker Dies After Steel Plate Lands on Him on Disneyland Property

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A man working on a Disneyland property construction project died after a steel plate landed on him Thursday morning, police confirmed.

Emergency personnel were sent to the theme park’s Gate 7 off of Ball Road at about 3:19 a.m., a spokesperson for the Anaheim Fire Department said.

Disney had a construction crew on site when the plate fell and landed on one of the workers, the spokesperson said.

The worker landed in a trench and was pulled out by an Urban Search and Rescue team.

He was transported to a local trauma center with life-threatening injuries. Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Daron Wyatt later confirmed the worker had died from his injuries.

The worker has not been formally identified, but his sister-in-law said his name is Javier Jimenez who worked for a contracting company. The sister-in-law said Thursday was his first day working in a new position and that Jimenez had a 2-year-old son with her sister.

Disneyland Resort issued a statement regarding the incident.

“We are saddened by this tragic accident involving a contractor and on behalf of Disneyland Resort extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Jimenez’s family, friends and coworkers.”

the statement read.

No one else was injured in the incident.

It was unclear what caused the plate to fall.

KTLA’s Nancy Fontan, Jennifer Thang and Morgan Ball contributed to this report.

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